DeSoto ISD Cuts Nearly 100 Employees — Mostly Teachers. Now Will Homeowners Feel the Pinch as Trustees Consider Tax Hike?

DeSoto school trustees are cutting about 100 employees -- mostly teachers -- and considering a significant increase to the tax rate as the district wrestles with a financial mess. Early Tuesday morning the board approved eliminating 72 teachers, 16 administrators and 10 support staffers. But officials hope some of those employees -- as well as some who have already tendered resignations amid the uncertainty -- will be able to find other jobs in the district as other staff decide on retirement or jobs elsewhere. Superintendent D'Andre Weaver said the reduction in force was the hardest decision he and the board have had to make, and they delayed the cuts as long as they could to give employees more time to make their own decisions. But ultimately, Weaver recommended eliminating positions as the district works to "correct mistakes" from the previous administration, he said. "This is a monumental moment in this district history, and they made a decision that will put us on the road to recovery," Weaver said of the trustees' vote. "Our trustees supported that reduction, although hard, because our district has to survive. And we have to have enough funds to support the students and to move our work."   Continue reading...

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